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Reading the signs: Swanson students create ASL-to-text translator

Reading the signs: Swanson students create ASL-to-text translator

By Madison Brewer, Staff Writer

November 20, 2019

The students recently placed in a competition with a prototype of their translator, which takes a video of a word being signed and translates it using an ever-learning algorithm.

Pitt band “flips” out for student-designed sheet music app

Pitt band “flips” out for student-designed sheet music app

By Martha Layne, Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

EFlipFolder, an app created by Pitt student Marcus Dubreuil, allowed the Pitt band to smoothly ditch sheet music in favor of electric music.

Pitt researchers develop first THC breathalyzer

Pitt researchers develop first THC breathalyzer

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

August 29, 2019

Researchers from the chemistry department’s Star Lab and Swanson’s electrical and computer engineering department worked together to develop the prototype.

The fermentation process of alcohol

The fermentation process of alcohol

By Sid Lingala and Erica Guthrie

April 10, 2019

Alcohol is a drink of choice for many contemporary college students. But according to Linda O’Reilly, a biological sciences lecturer at Pitt, the process of creating alcohol can be dated back more than 5,000 years ago.

Q&A: Documentary filmmaker Chris Paine on AI

Q&A: Documentary filmmaker Chris Paine on AI

By Griffin Lynch, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

The Pitt News talked with Chris Paine before a showing of the documentary about AI and his filmmaking process.

Engineering professor receives NSF CAREER Award

Engineering professor receives NSF CAREER Award

By Lauren Rude, For The Pitt News

April 4, 2019

Tevis Jacobs, an assistant professor in the mechanical engineering and materials science department, received the National Science Foundation’s $500,000 CAREER Award this year to improve nanoparticle performance. “When we talk about nanoparticles, even I, as a scientist that studies nanoscience, have trouble conceiving of how small these are,” Jacobs said. “I am very excited about both [components]. They are both huge endeavors.”

Vibrant Media Lab offers glimpse into first game system

Vibrant Media Lab offers glimpse into first game system

By Vaibhav Gupta, For The Pitt News

March 18, 2019

The group, the Vibrant Media Lab, will present one of the earliest-created game consoles in history — the Magnavox Odyssey — to Pitt students on April 5 in order to promote a wider understanding of the history and culture behind video games along with the VML’s work for the past two years.

Today’s weather forecast: who knows?

Today’s weather forecast: who knows?

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2019

This spring semester had a hot start.

Government shutdown slows university research

Government shutdown slows university research

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 8, 2019

The U.S. government shut down on Dec. 22, and research production at Pitt and other universities may slow down because of it.

Gab: Its history and influence in the Tree of Life shooting

Gab: Its history and influence in the Tree of Life shooting

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018

Shortly before entering the Tree of Life congregation in Squirrel Hill, Robert Bowers, a Baldwin resident and Saturday’s shooting suspect, posted a message on social media site Gab that said, “I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I'm going in.” As details of the massacre unfolded, more anti-Semitic messages that Bowers had posted on his Ga...

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